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Low Melbecks House

Bassenthwaite near Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1024569)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


9 Customer Reviews

  • "Great place to stay, really well equipped throughout the cottage."

    Lovely views of Skiddaw. Very peaceful and relaxing location. Only gripe was there were no recycling facilities, we took ours home.

    Reviewed by MandyOct 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful, spacious, clean and well equipped."

    The only thing that was missing was a bbq, outdoor dining table and chairs for four people.

    Reviewed by NAug 2021

  • "Having stayed here in September 2019 we were disappointed to find that internet/wifi no longer exists in the property."

    We just assumed that the facilities would be the same as last time. We discovered that it was no longer provided. Having no internet in this day and age is a deal breaker in terms of future bookings. We visit the Lakes 3-4 times each year and often re-book properties we like, so sadly no repeat bookings for Low Melbecks House. Most people like to share photo's with friends and family, sign into netflix and watch a film, some might need to check the odd work email. I am sure many will be put off from booking this property. The underfloor heating works on the ground floor. But is does not work well on the first floor. Given an unseasonally cold May we were chilli. Heaven knows how this would feel in colder months. The convector heater does not work well either. This property has so many great features and clearly the owners have taken time to produce a wonderful environment and it could be fantastic if the heating improved and wifi was reinstated. Trying to contact Sykes is impossible. We spent more that 90minutes to get through to them to express concern about wifi and heating. I would suggest to the owners changing agents to more client friendly agency.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "Low Melbecks House offers excellent accommodation though at a premium price."

    We found it a quiet and comfortable base for a relaxing holiday. The house is very spacious and kept very warm by underfloor heating, the only downside to the heating being that is was difficult to regulate quickly. Though the lounge is on the first floor, views of the surrounding hills and mountains are limited by the low position of the property, the lack of large windows and the hedges and trees surrounding the garden. The garden is pleasant to sit in with a stream flowing through it but the provision of a larger outside table would be useful. Though Low Melbecks House and Cottage are one building the walls are thick and we were barely aware that people were staying next door. There is no dividing fence in the garden and privacy could potentially be a problem given that the bedrooms and bathrooms are on the ground floor and have clear glass in fully glazed doors, though there are internal shutters or blinds. A third, larger, property, Low Melbecks Barn is situated nearby. Parking for Low Melbecks House is not immediately adjacent , it is the far side of Low Melbecks Cottage and entails a walk of about 50 metres. The one big drawback is the poor and at times non existent Wi-fi signal. Sykes were not open about this and we were only made aware a few weeks before departure. Our son had originally been intending to work for several days from the property using the internet but this would have proved impossible. We found mobile phone reception to be good. Despite the reservations about the Wi fi we would thoroughly recommend this property for a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2020

  • "Make it more clear about the wifi not having a good signal Make it clear not to use the postcode to find the property and to use the instructions provided as I ended up on a mountainside using the postcode."

    Reviewed by KateSep 2020

  • "The peace and its isolated location"

    Reviewed by RobSep 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay and the house was lovely and well equipped."

    A couple of things which could have been better. The cleanliness was ok, bathrooms were clean but the sofa kept pulling apart revealing a very dirty floor beneath. When we arrived the dustpan and brush was still full of broken glass from the previous occupants which wasnt great considering we had a toddler running about. The hoover didnt work and seemed to be blocked. Wifi didn't work throughout our stay but wasn't a huge inconvenience. The underfloor heating control wasn't accurate and the sensors either need recommissioning or replacing.

    Reviewed by LeeAug 2020

  • "Fantastic property in a stunning location."

    ...beautiful views from the lounge balcony. So peaceful and tranquil. Loved every minute of our stay here and would highly recommend Low Melbecks House.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a very quiet location - accessed through a field of sheep - with all the facilities and comforts you could want."

    Beautiful view. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by LizJul 2020

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The property

Keswick 8.8 miles.

Nestled on the outskirts of Bassenthwaite, less than ten miles from the bustling town of Keswick, is this charming white stone cottage.

The owner's other property, Low Melbecks Cottage, can be booked alongside this one to accommodate a larger group.

Low Melbecks House has a quirky reverse-level accommodation with the ground floor hosting two king-size bedrooms.

Each bedroom comes with a selection of contemporary furnishings for storage purposes, whilst one bedroom has a lovely built-in bookcase and a floor-to-ceiling window with stunning views across the surrounding fells, the perfect spot for enjoying a quiet read.

Both bedrooms have en-suites, one with the choice of a double-ended bath and separate shower, so you can decide how best to prepare for your day.

Following the steps up to the first floor, where you will be welcomed into a large open-plan living space, boasting a contemporary decor, with characterful features such as the exposed beams.

Step towards the sitting area which benefits from a large corner sofa, able to sit up to six people.

There is a large dining table which makes for the ideal social space to gather for a lovingly prepared home-cooked meal, or enjoy a hearty breakfast at the breakfast bar and plan the day's events.

The kitchen has been fitted to a high-standard with all the standard appliances required, with a few added extras such so you barely have to lift a finger during your trip!

There is a small balcony with views of the fells, garden with stream below, showcasing the true beauty of the Lake District.

Outside, you will discover a large garden adorned with trees, shrubs and seating bordered by a stream, the perfect spot for some alfresco dining or simply enjoying a refreshing drink during the summer months.

While you're in the area, take a short drive towards the bustling town of Keswick for some traditional local delicacies, or pick up any last-minute essentials from the local supermarket.

For a spot of history, the likely choices are to visit Keswick Museum with its varied displays on culture, history and landscape, whilst the Derwent Pencil Museum has original restored machinery and offers the local history of pencil making dating back to the 1550's.

If you're keen on getting involved with some watersports, venture towards Derwentwater.

Further afield are the popular hiking attractions of Scaffel Pike and Helvellyn, something even the most skilled hikers will struggle to complete; once you reach the top you will discover some of the most exquisite views in the whole of England.

The Lake District is home to the magnificent attraction of Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum and The World of Beatrix Potter, both of which are a book lovers haven.

Low Melbecks House is the ultimate choice for a peaceful escape to the heart of the Lake District countryside.


  • Reverse-level accommodation
  • Two ground-floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite double-ended bath, shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with balcony
  • External shared games room
  • Oil underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD player, Sonos speakers
  • Wifi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden and graveled area with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 8.3 miles and pub 3.5 miles
  • Note: The property can be booked with Ref: 1024591, together they can sleep 8 guests

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.

The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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